The 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Kru County, southeast Liberia has been sentenced 21-year-old Alphonso Wiah to 10 years in prison for the commission of statutory rape. The convict was arrested in February this year in Satiken, Forpoh Statutory District by the Liberia National Police for raping a seven-year-old girl.
Police charged the convict with statutory rape and brought him to Barclayville where he was detained, pending trial. After Wiah was on Tuesday, 20 June arraigned before court and police charge sheet read for his hearing, he immediately pleaded guilty to the crime, allowing assigned Jude Zuballah Kiezeku to announce his ruling.
Judge Kiezeku said the commission of statutory rape violates Section 18.70 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Liberia; therefore, Wiah must be jailed for 10 years. Alphonso Wiah is expected to start his sentence at the Zwedru Correction Palace in Grand Gedeh County.
This is the second time in two weeks that the court has announced jail sentence in the county. Thirty-two-year-old Anthony Nugba of Po-River Big Town was last week sentenced for 25 years, after he raped a six-year-old girl.
By John Bropleh-Editing by Jonathan Browne